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New Winter Teas

13 Jan

Now that December has come and gone, I can share with you two new teas I’ve created for Mellie’s Tea on Adagio! Both of them were created specifically for someone special, but both are also for sale!

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The first one I created as a Birthday present for my son’s girlfriend who also loves tea. And she love mint. And she love chocolate. It’s called “Kayla’s Coco Mint”. It is a refreshing minty green tea accented with vanilla and then sprinkled with real peppermint leaves, candy canes and cocoa nibs.

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The second one I created for my son! He too loves tea and this one was part of a Christmas present. It’s called “Chris’ Coconut Chai”. Coconut and Chai spices are not flavors I would automatically consider putting together. But once I tasted a coconut chai, I knew I wanted to create my own blend. Starting with a Masala Chai, I’ve blended in coconut and cream with real chunks of coconut and ginger. It’s delicious!

Just in case you are wondering… I don’t make any money from these teas. I do get Adagio points when one sells and when I’ve accumulated enough points (there are other things I can do to earn points too) then I can use the points towards a discount on tea purchases. I just create these because it’s fun! I recently bought myself some of the Autumn Garden Spice black tea I created using some of these points!

Let me know if you try any of my teas and tell me what you think!

 

Winter Teas

26 Nov

I’m at it again! I’ve created two new winter teas. AND Adagio is offering FREE shipping this week! 

You can see all my tea creations HERE. Today I created a black tea and a green tea blend.

Winter Warmth

The black tea blend is called “Winter Warmth” and it blends the flavors of Chocolate and Hazelnut with a slight background of cream and cinnamon! What a nice way to warm up!

Winter Spice

The green tea blend is called “Winter Spice” and it blends the flavors of citrus and spice with a background of vanilla. Green tea is very low in caffeine and can be drunk later in the day or the evening. 

I hope some of you enjoy them! If you give them a try, please let me know what you think!

 

Autumn Garden Spice Tea

1 Oct

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I was just browsing around the web, not really thinking about much, when all of a sudden, I got this great idea for a new tea blend! So, I’m sure you can guess what I did… I went and made it!

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It’s called Autumn Garden Spice Tea. It’s a caramel apple black spiced chai tea!! The smell of rain, and an autumn garden go hand in hand with apples and spices. I added a special touch of cardamom because I think it adds that special Fall touch!

Come check it out – Autumn Garden Spice Tea on Adagio Teas. And you can see all of my signature teas under “Mellie’s Tea”

A Special Interview and HUGS for my Online Friends

 

 

 

(Note: I don’t earn any money from my signature blends. But I get some kind of points I can eventually use towards my tea purchases.)

More Tea!! Little Prince

2 Aug

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It’s not Tuesday, but I couldn’t resist creating another tea!

A baby boy was born in July 2013. A prince! He was born on my daughters birthday (my princess) and I wanted to commemorate the exciting occasion with a royal summer tea!

It’s a delicious black tea in honor of the Prince born in 2013. This is a refreshingly bright black tea flavored with blueberries for the baby boy, vanilla kisses and the sweetness of strawberries.

You can see it HERE

Also, it’s in a “ship” with “Queen’s Royal Garden Tea” so you can get 10% off if you order both!

Thanks for letting me share some of the things I enjoy doing to pass the time while stuck at home.

Tuesday Tea: Queens Royal Garden Tea

1 Aug

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I’ve created another signature tea!  It’s called “Queen’s Royal Garden Tea”. It’s a great blend of black breakfast teas, with a touch of rose and lavender.

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You can view it HERE

It’s also in a “Ship” with “Devonshire Cream Scones” so if you purchase both you get 10% off.

I just create these tea blends on Adagio because it’s fun. After so many sales, I get some kind of points that I can use to get tea, but I enjoy thinking through the flavors I like and what new combinations I would enjoy drinking!

Look through all my tea blends HERE

Volcano Winery White Tea

21 Jul

So it’s time to tell you my most exciting story of our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii.

(c) Melanie Pruitt 2013

(c) Melanie Pruitt 2013

It seemed a bit brighter when we came out and so we headed to the crater. We got some great pictures, saw the crater and wandered through the museum. However, by the time we were heading to the car it was starting to sprinkle again. We had planned on stopping and seeing the sites through the park, but by the time we walked around the steam vents, we were freezing cold, and very wet. We decided to call it a day.

You can see in the background, the line where lava has flowed recently and not

You can see in the background, the line where lava has flowed recently and not

Pouring down rain at the steam vents

Pouring down rain at the steam vents

Wild Orchid near steam vents (c) Melanie Pruitt 2013

Wild Orchid near steam vents (c) Melanie Pruitt 2013

So we headed out to find some lunch. We decided to go to the town of Volcano and found a little place to eat. We brainstormed on other things we could do. I had read about some places on the Big Island that grow tea and I wanted to go on a tour of a tea growing estate. But I didn’t know how to find them. I had also read about the Volcano Winery. They have some unique wines including a guava wine and a honey macadamia wine. We had seen signs to it so we decided to go check it out.

It was a cute little place. As I walked around, I realized they had estate tea! They not only grow their own grapes for wine, but they grew tea!! I got to talking to one employee and she gave me a taste of their black tea. Then I met the owner, Marie. When she found out I really did know about tea, and even wrote reviews for Teaviews, she gave me a taste of their white tea! It was AMAZING!!

I think I “oooo’ed” and “ahhh’d” over it so much, and asked so many questions about the tea they grow, that she offered to give me a private tour! I was like a child in a candy shop… or a child on christmas morning! I tried really hard not to literally jump up and down, but I was on the inside!

Rows and rows of tea! (c) Melanie Pruitt 2013

Rows and rows of tea! (c) Melanie Pruitt 2013

This lava tube is eventually going to be a tasting room for Volcano Winery! (c) Bill Pruitt 2013

This lava tube is eventually going to be a tasting room for Volcano Winery! (c) Bill Pruitt 2013

Admiring the tea! (c) Melanie Pruitt 2013

Admiring the tea! (c) Melanie Pruitt 2013

Their tea is grown at 4000 feet, in fields of lava. They have carved the rows out of the lava and brought in dirt. Their tea plants are imported from Japan and were gorgeous! I even got a demonstration of the picking process – both the white needles and the second leaf.

When we got back inside, she handed me a packet of their white tea to take home! Surely, she was a kindred spirit… I mean seriously…she has the same name as my first child, she loves her tea and she loves/lives on hawaii?

Click the picture to see the Volcano Winery website

Click the picture to see the Volcano Winery website

The tea is as delicious here at home as it was on the island! Here’s a little bit of the review I wrote about it:

When I first opened the package, I could see the white needles blended with the second leaves. They are a beautiful soft green – the color indicating how fresh this tea is. The smell is strong and vegetal. The needles are softly silver with fine hairs. Mixed in with the needles are the darker, yet colorful, flat second leaves.

They suggest brewing it at 208 degrees, which is a little higher than I usually brew my white tea. I’m glad I listened to their recommendation. I used fresh cold water and brought it to 208 (don’t let it fully boil) and I steeped it for 3 minutes. It brews up a soft light golden, the color of a nice white wine. It has a slight fruity/leafy scent.

The flavor is definitely one of the best white teas I’ve ever had! It has a soft background of floral/herbal and peaches, along with the faintest hint of vanilla without being falsely sweet. It is very smooth with no bitterness or bite. I could drink this tea all day long! They have chosen to keep their teas pure, with no flavorings. I love that this white tea is naturally so flavorful and sweet.

I found that I can brew this tea 3-4 times easily. Each steep has a slightly different flavor focus, with the sweetness decreasing with steeps, and the floral/herbal tones moving forward.

I am so thankful that we got to see the volcano crater, but then had that cold misty leading us to Volcano Winery. I have finally walked through a real field of tea, touched the plants, heard about the processing and tasted the tea. A memory that will last forever… and when I go back to the Big Island, I’m sure I’ll be stopping by to say “Hi” to Marie!

Black Sand Beaches Tea Blend by Mellie’s Tea

20 Jul

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I’ve told you about my creating my own blends under “Mellie’s Tea” through Adagio Teas. Well, I’ve added a new one! It’s called “Black Sand Beaches” in honor of the tropical scents and smells of Hawaii in combination of it’s newest black sand beach! It’s a fruity blend of black tea, flavored with mango, passion fruit, a touch of coconut and sprinkled with pineapple bits! Come give it a try! If you leave a message with your email address I’ll send you a code for $5 off!!

Also, a couple of my teas are “in a ‘ship” – meaning that if you purchase both teas that are connected, you get 10% off! So purchase Black Sand Beaches with Island Moon and get 10% off! Or… order  Sunshiny Day with Garden Fresh and get 10% off!

 

Tuesday Tea – My own signature blends!!

9 Apr

Yes, I have a bit of extra time on my hands since I have hardly been able to leave the house the last couple of months! But there are some fun sides that!

Having time to create my own signature blends of tea at Adagio tea is one of those!!

I’ve made four signature blends at Adagio Tea! A friend already ordered two of them and said they are really good. I bought 2 of them and can’t wait to drink them all summer long! Here are the four blends I made. You can click on the label pictures to go to the website and see them:

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Garden Fresh is a white tea blended  and flavored with rose hips, hibiscus flowers, apple pieces, natural cucumber flavor, natural strawberry flavor, blueberries, natural blueberry flavor, strawberries, raspberry leaves.

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Sunshiny Day is a green tea blended and flavored with apple pieces, natural apricot flavor, natural mango flavor, natural vanilla flavor, marigold flowers, mango pieces, apricots.

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Island Moon is a basically a tropical black Earl Grey! It’s a black tea flavored and blended with apple pieces, orange peels, natural passionfruit flavor, blue cornflowers, mango pieces, natural mango flavor, marigold flowers, natural vanilla flavor, natural bergamot flavor, natural creme flavor.

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Devonshire Cream Scones is a black tea flavored and blended with raspberry leaves, natural currant flavor, natural creme flavor, natural almond flavor.

If you love teas, check out Adagio Teas and if you decide to make your own signature blends, leave me a message and tell me about it!

I am able to send any new customers a coupon code for $5 off! Send me a private message through my contact here and I’ll email you one!

(BTW: I don’t really get anything for sharing this with you. They do give some kind of “points” for people who purchase my blends, and coupons that are redeemed, but I don’t really know what the points are for – haha! It’s all just for fun and ways to spend my time at home. Gotta make the best of each an every situation I find myself in!)

 

Tuesday Tea Village Tea Company

13 Sep

It’s time for another “Tuesday Tea” post. And have I got some wonderful teas to share with you today!

I was given the great opportunity to sample some teas from Village Tea Company. I’d like to tell you a bit about Village Tea Company by sharing some of the letter from the CEO I found on their website.

The Village Tea Company brand is a young brand, less than 3 years old, but  prides itself on providing exceptionally tasting teas packaged with the  environment and consumers in mind.  Our packaging is completely  environmentally friendly but it’s what’s inside the package that consumers  truly  love….the tea of course!

The Village Tea team spends months every year traveling to tea farms and meeting with farmers that have become friends over the years to hand pick each tea that you enjoy.  We stay on site at each farm and commit ourselves to understanding the culture and demands put on our friends on a daily basis.  It’s this commitment and effort that drives us to advance the message of loose leaf tea and it’s benefits.

I must say, I was super impressed with the packaging of the teas I received. I loved that the containers were a heavy paper board. But they are also very sturdy, seal tightly and keep light away from the tea!

When I opened my first container, I found that the loose leaf tea was packaged in 2 separate muslin bags to help keep it fresh. I even received tea sacks tucked in beside my tea. What a nice treat to receive these with loose leaf tea! One package was filled with pyramid tea bags and the tea that filled the tea bag is a very nice sized/ high quality leaf.

I received 3 different teas: A white tea “Strawberry Passion”, a green “Smooth Jasmine” and a black “Mintastically Minty”.

My favorite? Well… right now my favorite of the three is the Strawberry Passion! We have been having a very warm September… and I love to brew up a large batch of white flavored tea as iced tea! However, I know when winter comes, I’m going to be turning to the Smooth Jasmine often in the evenings!

My favorite aspects of each tea:

 

Strawberry Passion: A very nice, full bodied, white tea! Very low in caffeine. Flavored ever so gently with a strawberry, with some dried strawberries in the mix.

 

Smooth Jasmine: A nice gentle chinese green tea – not too bitter, with a touch of sweetness. The tea is not only flavored with jasmine, but also has some scattered dried jasmine petals in it. This blend is like satin on the tongue!

 

Mintastically Minty:  Organic!! I love organic tea! Lemongrass adds a lovely dimension to the spearmint and peppermint!

 

 

Having tried 3 different teas and being impressed with all three, I would highly recommend Village Tea Company.

I look forward to trying their “Sassy” Green Tea which has green tea, ginger, flavor, orange peel, peach pieces, chilies, cloves, safflower, acai (some of my favorite flavors!!!) I also look forward to trying their “Royal Organic English Breakfast”!

 

**I did NOT receive any compensation for this review, nor do I receive anything for directing readers to this company. The opinions are all my own, honest evaluation. I did receive samples of the tea to taste.

Tuesday Tea

1 Feb

I’m sitting here in bed (it’s not been a good M.E./CFS week) and what am I doing? Drinking tea! And I realized I hadn’t written a Tuesday Tea post in a while!

This is one of my favorite Shelley teacups in my collection

So what’s in my cup right now?

I’m drinking my last pot of “Classic Black” from Art of Tea . I have also, really been enjoying Red Leaf Tea’s “Earl Grey De La Creme”, it’s been the perfect winter tea!

But here I sit… with the sun shining in my window and my heart drifts towards spring! (though when I opened the window to breath the fresh air … I found it was FREEZING outside!!!)

So I’ve placed a new order! I tasted Culinary Teas “Lady Londonderry” and wrote a review on it! I loved the soft flavors of lemon and berry and just needed a bit of “spring” in my tea! I was also looking for a new black to try… and as I didn’t want to pay shipping from two stores I also ordered “Kirkoswold Dimbula FBOP” - a tea grown in the heights of Sri Lanka and one I have never tasted before.

A Royal Albert teacup I picked up in England.

And… I know what my next order will be too! For Christmas, I purchased tea from BourgeaTea for all of my extended family. I even bought some for my daughter. I bought some of my favorites for my family and now I can’t wait to get my spring/summer tin of “White Peach” ! I also think I’ll try their “Irish Breakfast” since every tea I’ve had from BourgeaTea has been fantastic!

What’s in your cup today?


 

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